13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 2014, Stephen Malkmus’ solo career has casually strolled for longer than his original band, Pavement, put in the effort. By keeping the music relatively light and his lyrics closer to epigrams than emotionally invested state-of-the-personal-union addresses, Malkmus and his solid (if somewhat anonymous) backing band sway through songs littered with quirky references (naturally) and jammy-indie-classic rock guitar riffs just a mite flashier than anything Pavement tried. “Shibboleth” sounds like Pavement crossed with The Grateful Dead in under three minutes, while “Lariat” throws The Byrds into the equation. “J Smoov” employs a trumpet solo over a plaintive backing. The key ingredient is the same as it’s ever been with Malkmus: witty detachment. A perfect example is how “Rumble at the Rainbo” pokes playful fun at the mania of the hardcore punk days by playing the music several volume notches removed from the real thing. “Chartjunk” picks up the pace with a brass section feeding the frenzy. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

By 2014, Stephen Malkmus’ solo career has casually strolled for longer than his original band, Pavement, put in the effort. By keeping the music relatively light and his lyrics closer to epigrams than emotionally invested state-of-the-personal-union addresses, Malkmus and his solid (if somewhat anonymous) backing band sway through songs littered with quirky references (naturally) and jammy-indie-classic rock guitar riffs just a mite flashier than anything Pavement tried. “Shibboleth” sounds like Pavement crossed with The Grateful Dead in under three minutes, while “Lariat” throws The Byrds into the equation. “J Smoov” employs a trumpet solo over a plaintive backing. The key ingredient is the same as it’s ever been with Malkmus: witty detachment. A perfect example is how “Rumble at the Rainbo” pokes playful fun at the mania of the hardcore punk days by playing the music several volume notches removed from the real thing. “Chartjunk” picks up the pace with a brass section feeding the frenzy. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

transcendentalaccidentalism ,

Medical Marijuana & Belgian Bier make great things happen

Only two songs have come down so far and I’m hearing something totally different, yet familiar, and LOVE every second of it. It sounds as though the background to SM’s move from Portland to Deutscheland is as much a factor as anything else, except perhaps the quality off cannabis and Belgian Bier.

Hippi-Kat ,

The King of Irrelevancy

Malkmus is a talented guy, but one of the worst career moves he ever made was pairing with The Jicks. This band is simply awful, and doesn't push Malkmus at all. Each of his solo albums have gotten worse and worse, and now we're nearing the point of no return. Malkmus used to be one of my favorite artists, granted a lot of my admiration stemmed from his work in Pavement, but his first couple of albums were interesting with some good songs. Now it's sounds mailed in too such a degree I don't care about this artist anymore. I'm sure all the hipster posers will love this and rave about it at the trendy new Vegan Tapas bar in Red Hook, but this is just another dud by an artist who can do so much better.

daintyhobo ,

Wigging out never has been so grand!

Malkmus continues his dominance as a slacker-rock demi-God. Tonal shifts that will keep you guessing & his trademark stream of consciousness lyrics come through and deliver good times. Houston Hades, J Smoov, & Cinnamon & Lesbians are some standouts. Get to Jagbag's poste haste!!! 4.5 Stars

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